JUN 26, 2015 10:19 PM PDT

Large Diamond Found in Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

It's not every day you get lucky and find a diamond, but there's this really cool place in Arkansas called Crater of Diamonds State Park where you can go in, search for diamonds, and keep whatever you find.

A recent visitor to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Colorado has un-Earthed what appears to be the fifth largest white diamond that has ever been uncovered at the State Park since it opened to visitors in 1972.

Oskarson's diamond compared to the size of a U.S. quarter.

Bobbie Oskarson, the person who found the diamond, is calling it the Esperanza Diamond. The word means "hope" in Spanish, but it also holds some sentimental value, as it's also her niece's name.

So just how big was the diamond, and what is it worth?

Reports are saying that it comes in at a pretty hefty 8.52 carats. Oskarson doesn't plan to part with the diamond, and instead, plans to hold onto it.

She uncovered it in the southwest corner of the massive park, which is nearly 38 acres in its entirety. Reports say It only took her about 20 minutes to find.

Being just under an inch long and having the thickness of a basic scholarly pencil, it's a pretty nice find, but the park is not publicly releasing any appraisal estimates on what it could be worth. Instead, Oskarson would have to visit a jeweler shop to find out.

The largest diamond that has ever been found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park was a 16.37 white diamond. It was found in 1975, which was quite a while ago. Oskarson's find is the 227th find at the park this year.

Source: Fox News

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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